US wants to resume engagement with Russia on bio-weapons moratorium

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States wants to resume cooperation with Russia in the control of the prohibition of biological weapons, since Washington has no information about the destruction of these weapons in Russia.

This position is recorded in the published report of the State Department on compliance with international agreements in the field of arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament in 2018.

“The United States will monitor Russia’s activities in the dual-use (technology) sector and seek to further engage Russia in issues related to obligations (as part of a moratorium on bio-weapons – Ed.),” The report said.

The State Department notes that in 2018 there were no consultations on these issues between the countries, despite the declared readiness of the parties to implement “confidence-building measures.”

The department indicates that the United States “remains unclear whether Russia has fulfilled its obligations” under the biological weapons convention to destroy or send for peaceful purposes the biological weapons, its components and delivery vehicles that it inherited from the USSR. The Soviet Union joined the convention (CWC) in 1975.
According to the authors of the report, “since 2011, the Russian Federation has revised the plans and financing of its national chemical and biological facilities,” while Moscow allegedly did not provide details “corresponding to the forms of confidence-building measures.”

“In addition, during the reporting period, Russian government continued to engage in dual-use activities that may be incompatible with the convention,” the report said.

In May, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that back in 2016, Russia had taken the initiative to develop an international convention to combat acts of chemical and biological terrorism, and proposed the adoption of a UN Security Council statement in support of collective efforts to combat the threats of chemical terrorism, but the Western countries, led by The United States, on far-fetched pretexts, blocked these initiatives. Also in Moscow, they expressed concern that the United States is ignoring the provisions of the CWC, which require consultations on bilateral channels for the appropriate study of controversial issues.

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